TABLE of CONTENTS October 2006

Cover Story

Scrutiny by the People

BY Jonathan Walters

Washington State is making a big push to get citizens more involved in the performance auditing process.

Features

Pension Pressures

These are threatening times for retirement funds and retirees. BY Penelope Lemov

Rx For a Headache

States are experiencing a lot of pain in switching seniors out of state programs and into the Medicare Part D drug plan. BY Ellen Perlman

Honey, Our House is Historic!

Buildings from the mid-20th century are becoming eligible for landmark status. Local governments are trying to decide which are worth preserving. BY Christopher Swope

Against the Grain

Governors are finding success in the unlikeliest places. They're doing it by choosing boldness over caution. BY Josh Goodman

Judging the Judges

Performance measures are coming to the tradition-bound world of state courts. BY Zach Patton

Wired to Win

The 2006 campaign is being fought with digital weapons--and candidates aren't always at the controls. BY Alan Greenblatt

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Extended Contract

The hot conservative issues of the 1990s are migrating to state ballots. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Turnabout Tale

After losing a GOP primary bid for lieutenant governor, Nebraska state auditor Kate Witek is seeking reelection--as a Democrat. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Pupusa Politics

It's impractical to ban street vendors and difficult even to restrict them. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Reload and Fire

The NRA's list of agenda items was getting a bit thin--until it found some juicy new ones. BY Sarah Harney
Technology

The Date-Checking Game

Internet relationships are often fraudulent and sometimes dangerous. But policing them is difficult. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Error Trail

Fancy new voting machines work pretty well if everyone knows how to use them. In much of the country, that's still a big if. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

How Green Is He Really?

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first term has pleased environmentalists. It's the second term they're worried about. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

How Green Is He Really?

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first term has pleased environmentalists. It's the second term they're worried about. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

How Green Is He Really?

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first term has pleased environmentalists. It's the second term they're worried about. BY Sarah Harney

The Business of Government

Economic Engines

Soft on Sprawl

A popular planning book praises sprawl and ignores the mess left by misguided transportation policies. BY Sarah Harney
Tech Talk

A Very Long Haul

It's taken a dozen years and may take a few more as states struggle to put IT into their child welfare systems. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Low Grade: Wis. Audits Its Job Growth Programs

Wisconsin lawmakers plan to restructure the state's economic development efforts, after a sweeping state audit found substantial mismanagement among those programs. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Low Grade: Wis. Audits Its Job Growth Programs

Wisconsin lawmakers plan to restructure the state's economic development efforts, after a sweeping state audit found substantial mismanagement among those programs. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Reform Storm: Governors Feel the Heat on Health IT

The Bush administration is pushing health providers to get up to speed on information technology, and it wants states to help. President Bush issued an executive order in August directing federal agencies to demand that health vendors step up their use of IT to make quality and price information more transparent, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has been lobbying governors to do likewise. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Reform Storm: Governors Feel the Heat on Health IT

The Bush administration is pushing health providers to get up to speed on information technology, and it wants states to help. President Bush issued an executive order in August directing federal agencies to demand that health vendors step up their use of IT to make quality and price information more transparent, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has been lobbying governors to do likewise. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

On the Slopes of Texas

"Fake" parks are the newest breed of sports venues. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

On the Slopes of Texas

"Fake" parks are the newest breed of sports venues. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Keeping the Wild in the West

Cattle ranchers may have to think the unthinkable--zoning open space to keep developers from eating it all up. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Engines

Go Global, Act Local

The best trade missions aren't really trade missions at all. Increasingly, the goal is not to sell or trade but to learn. BY Sarah Harney